SERVICES

Sunday
Family in church

8.45 am First Sunday in the month

Holy Communion (said)  (Book of Common Prayer)

9.30 - 11.00 am Every Sunday

Junior Church/Sunday School
For 5-11 year olds, beginning (on the first Sunday in the month) with a free, breakfast for the children. There are exciting arts & crafts followed by an informal God slot.

10.00 am First Sunday in the month

All Age Worship and Baptisms (sung)  (Common Worship)

10.00 am Second and Fourth Sunday in the month

Parish Mass (sung) (Common Worship)

3.00 pm Second Sunday in the month

Messy Church – Arts & crafts for all the family, followed by an informal God-slot and a wholesome meal.

10.00 am Third Sunday in the month

Youth Mass (Common Worship) Prepared by our New Young Christians and All Age planning group

10.00 am Fifth Sunday in the month

Service of Healing and Wholeness (with anointing and Holy Communion) (Common Worship)
Fr Andrew officiating at communion
Father Andrew officiating at Holy Communion
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Weekdays

9.30 am Monday

Informal Morning Prayer (Common Worship)

10.00 am Tuesday

Coffee Morning followed by our 11.30 am Midweek Mass (said) (Common Worship)

9.30 am Wednesday and Friday

Informal Morning Prayer (Common Worship)

9.30 am Thursday

Walsingham Mass (said) (Common Worship)

11.00 am 4th Thursday in the month

Holy Communion at Hall Park Care Home.

11.00 am 2nd Thursday in the month

Holy Communion at Highfields Care Home

11.00 am 3rd Thursday in the month

Holy Communion at Fairway View

2.00 pm Second Thursday in the month

Holy Rosary

Special Services

Baptisms
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Here at St Mary’s we regularly Christen (or to use an alternate word) baptise people of all ages; children and adults.

Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God that continues throughout our life.  In the service we respond to God’s love for us, by saying that we will follow the example of God’s Son; we promise to turn away from all darkness and evil, and turn towards Jesus.

To find out more about Baptism and about Confirming your faith as an adult, visit the Church Of England’s baptism web page.

If you are interested in baptism for either yourself or your child, please do come and talk to us.  Baptism preparation is usually arranged for those who are being baptised or, in the case of infants, for the godparents and parents.

Baptisms usually take place as part of our 10.00 am Parade Service on the first Sunday of the month. The service is attended by all ages, including our Uniformed organisations.

There is no charge for a Baptism, except for a Baptism Certificate which is optional.

If you feel that Baptism is not right for you, but you wish to give thanks for the birth of your baby, a service of Thanksgiving may be appropriate and is also available.

To discuss a Baptism or Thanksgiving Service, please contact Fr Andrew.

Weddings
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We are delighted that you are considering getting married at St Mary’s.  Marriage is a gift from God.  In the marriage ceremony, you and your partner will make a public declaration of lifelong commitment to love each other, and God’s blessing is called down upon you both.

Whilst this is a time of great excitement, there are various legalities which you need to consider before marrying in any church in England. These can be found by visiting the wedding page on the Church of England website.

Everyone who lives in St. Mary’s parish and belongs to St. Mary’s church may be married here.  You can also be married here if you can show ‘a qualifying connection’ (details of what is a qualifying connection can also be found on the wedding page of the Church of England web site). You are able to marry at St Mary’s before 6.00 pm on any day except Christmas Day.

If you would like to get married at St Mary’s please contact our Vicar, Fr Andrew. As each couple's background and circumstances are different, please contact us as soon as you can to arrange a meeting to discuss your plans.

Funerals
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This is a time of great sadness, confusion and grief.  Many resources and much information are available to support you at this time. The Church of England offers help in how to arrange a funeral.

You can arrange for a church service as part of the funeral. However there is no burial facility at Mary’s except for the burial of cremated remians.  Funerals can be arranged for any day of the week, except Sundays.

Our vicar, Fr Andrew, is happy to conduct a funeral service at either the crematorium, or in Mary’s with a committal at the crematorium or cemetery afterwards.  We are keen that, at the end of a service, family members and friends feel that an accurate picture has been painted of your loved one, and that something has also been said about the hope of resurrection and eternal life.

A bereavement is a difficult time and we are keen to support you and advise you, if appropriate.  Please contact our vicar, Fr Andrew, in the first instance.